The Columbus Dispatch recently created a poverty rate database covering every school district in Ohio, for each year between 2000 – 2009. The data was collected by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program. School districts are sorted by county. Note the dramatic increases in rates of poverty, sometimes two or three fold, experienced by nearly every school district between 2000 and 2009.
The SAIPE program provides more current estimates of selected income and poverty statistics than those from the most recent decennial census. Estimates are created for school districts, counties, and states. The main objective of the program is to provide updated estimates of income and poverty statistics for the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions.
Some of the excellent resources on the SAIPE website includes:
- Downloadable aggregate data for model input
- Publications using the data collected
- An interactive mapping tool
Below is an example of a customized map I created using SAIPE’s mapping tool and data. Maps highlighting poverty rates can be created for different states, counties, school districts, age groups and years between 2000 – 2009.